Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Spotlight: Kill Chain

Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of the High-Tech Assassins
by Andrew Cockburn

A critical narrative on the history of drone warfare by Harper Washington editor Cockburn.  Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Kill Chain  explores how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing. 

Cockburn uncovers the real and extraordinary story of how and why using drones has become our principal way of waging war. Uncovering its origins in long-buried secret programs, and the breakthroughs that made drone operations possible, Cockburn examines the ways in which the technology works and, despite official claims, does not work. Taking the reader inside the well-guarded world of national security, the book reveals the powerful interests, military, CIA and corporate, that have led the drive to kill individuals by remote control. 

Most importantly of all, the book describes what has really happened when the theories underpinning the strategy, and the multi-billion dollar contracts they spawn, have been put to the test. Drawing on sources deep in the military and intelligence establishments, Andrew Cockburn's Kill Chain unveils the true effects, as demonstrated by bloody experience, of assassination warfare, a revelation that readers will find surprising as well as shocking.


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